All About Harvey the TV Commercial Star
Published: Jan. 15, 2011
Subject: Every Home Needs a Harvey
Category: More Bones to Chew On
Have you heard about Harvey the dog? He’s the engaging star of a British television ad, which has turned him into an absolute pup superstar.
In the ad, a couple is looking at dogs to adopt at a shelter of sorts and they come upon Harvey, who plays a television ad presenting his amazing domestic skills. Harvey clearly proves he would be the perfect addition to the couple’s home -- and perhaps helps to promote adoption in general too! The campaign was created for a marketing industry organization called Thinkbox, which intended (and succeeded) to show the power of television advertising. It’s must-see TV, so be sure to view the short video below.
The ad first appeared in September 2010 and has since won several industry awards along with creating a cult following for Harvey. Harvey has more than 10,000 fans on his Facebook fan page, which is where he’s reportedly received marriage proposals! In addition, the ad has attracted over 1 million views on YouTube following 260 million broadcast views on British television.
To learn more about Harvey, Thinkbox offers a behind the scenes video on the making of the ad, and an interview with Harvey was featured in the UK’s Daily Mail last week. Among other things from the article, you’ll learn Harvey’s name is actually named Sykes and he resides in Deddington, Oxfordshire, sharing his home with his owner, Gill Raddings, and other pup stars. And Harvey is one of the most successful stunt dogs in the business! His credits include starring with Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd and Pirates Of The Caribbean and roles in The Other Boleyn Girl, Young Victoria, Clash Of The Titans, and more.
Sykes' owner Gill explains Harvey’s compelling performance as a rescue dog may partly be attributed to the fact he was a stray himself. Gill brought Harvey into her home at the age of seven months (he's now seven years old) and he’s a mix with some Parson Jack Russell. She adds "He does get recognized these days and people will come up and say: 'Do you know, that dog looks just like Harvey in the TV commercial.' They give him a pat. He loves the attention."
See the behind the scenes video, "Working with Harvey, On Set with an On Screen Legend."
Read the Daily Mail's article, "Thinkbox Dog Harvey: We Collar Star TV's Funniest Commercial"
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